21 Jan '12, 3am

Worker With Disabilities Fired Over 20 Cents | Care2 Causes

Worker With Disabilities Fired Over 20 Cents | Care2 Causes

For 25 years, 43-year-old Kyle Dowie has been processing bottles and cans brought in for redemption at a Hy-Vee store in Des Moines, Iowa. It is work that many might consider “monotonous or dirty” but that has been — as his mother, Jean Ann Johnson says — a “lifeline” for Dowie, who has Tourette’s Syndrome and intellectual disabilities. It’s the kind of job that I hope my 14 1/2 son Charlie , who’s on the moderate to severe end of the autism spectrum, might be able to have someday. So I was all the more distressed to hear that, back in November, Dowie was fired for trying to cash in 20 cents worth of bottle-deposit credits that did not belong to him, as Hy-Vee’s operations manager Curt Sills, contends. The Des Moines Register explains what happened, according to Dowie’s mother: …[Dowie] has at times picked up credit slips left in the recycling machines by customers, thinki...

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